Manis With Miss Pop: Emerald Empire Nails
I’m Simcha Whitehill, but I’m better known as Miss Pop, a New York City-based nail artist. Every other week I’ll be breaking down the technique behind a must-have manicure. Some looks will be chic and easy and some may require a practiced hand (or a little patience!). Either way, it’s all about having fun. I do nail art for one reason. Love.
Pantone, the purveyor of pure color, has declared that eye-catching emerald green is the new black for 2013. Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman explained, “[Emerald] is the color of growth, renewal and prosperity—no other color conveys regeneration more than green.”
That’s a sentiment almost as gorgeous as the shade itself!
Now the last time green was the in nail color, flappers had the (albeit-crumbling) world and this jewel tone at their fingertips. So I created this design as an homage to their Art Deco style and emerald’s restored pedestal. Here is how you can put together this geometric look.
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What you need:
- Base coat. Try: Essie All In One Base Multi-Treatment Base Coat.
- Emerald nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics.
- Nail art striper in silver. Try: Q-Art Paint in Silver.
- Top coat. Try: Essie Good to Go Rapid Dry Top Coat.
How to do it:
Step 1: Paint on the base coat and two color coats. Here I used a dark emerald, Essie’s Stylenomics. For a true emerald green, try Essie’s Going Incognito. It looks like the perfect copy of Liza Minnelli’s polish in Cabaret.
Step 2: Using the thin striper brush in your nail art polish, paint a diagonal line from the left corner of the base of your nail to the center. Tip: You don’t need to buy a nail art polish in every color of the rainbow; just one shade with a good brush will suffice. You can clean the thin striper brush from the bottle by rinsing it off in a paper cup filled with a little acetone. Then dip the clean brush into any opaque nail polish for an instant custom nail art striper.
Step 3: Repeat step 2. This time, paint the line from the right corner up diagonally to the center of your nail. Now you’ll see the outline of the pyramid.
Step 4: From the center of the nail, paint a silver line on a very slight diagonal so it reaches just to the left of the center of the pyramid’s peak. Then paint a silver line on a very slight diagonal to the right of the center of the pyramid’s peak.
Step 5: Fill in between the lines you just created to reveal a silver sliver in the center of your pyramid. Touch up along the sides of the sliver if need be to make the shape look symmetrical.
Step 6: Apply the top coat to seal your look and your nails will be beautifully bejeweled!